• The purpose of this study is to identify effective approaches for preparing workers for middle- and high-skilled jobs in H-1B industries, with specific focus on individuals who have traditionally faced barriers to training and employment opportunities including youth and young adults, parents with childcare needs, individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with criminal records.

Research Questions:

  • What are the impacts of the TechHire and SWFI programs on employment and earnings, skills and credentials, and advancement and job quality?
  • What are the types and combinations of programs, approaches, or serviced provided under the TechHire and SWFI grant programs?
  • How are the systems, partnerships, programs, and services implemented? What factors influence implementation? What issues and challenges are encountered, and how are they overcome?
  • How and to what extent do tailored support services and training tracks expand participant access to targeted employment, improve program completion rates, connect participants to employment opportunities, and promote innovative and sustainable program designs?

Key Components:

  • Implementation and systems analysis through document reviews, interviews, and structured site visits.
  • Impact evaluation applying a random assignment protocol, if feasible, among a selection of TechHire/SWFI grantees, as well as a quasi-experimental technique incorporating all TechHire and SWFI grant programs.

Program Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: September 2021

Contractor: Westat and MDRC

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov